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[–] go1dfish ago 

Just wanted to let you know I'm still following along, I'm not much good at building structures either, but I think there may be some good resources at /r/tinyhouses on this sort of thing.

What sort of community do you want to build? Do you have internet connectivity on site?

I think about moving out of California sometimes, I'm a software dev like you; and Texas is one attractive option for Taxes and Gun rights if nothing else. I grew up in a more rural area and even now could be described as somewhat of a hermit, I don't know if I'm ready for a full on frontier life though.

I rely on specialization and division of labor so that I can focus on building what I do build well (code, js/webapp code specifically) to fund everything else I need.

Just kind of rambling here, but wanted you to at least know someone was listening and interested.

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[–] TeranNotTerran [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Thank you! I am happy you are still following along.

It'd be nice to have good neighbors who are thoughtful, know of the NAP. I think finding good neighbors in general can be a bit hard.

Community... could be something self-sufficient or something that's more of a part the existing area. I imagine it would evolve somewhat organically. My property can have moderate LTE access. Good enough for Facetime but not perfect at all. You have to be mindful of cell signal being spotty. I am confident I can get enough sunlight for solar, enough water from town and rain, and adequate internet through T-Mobile (with a good antenna I don't think it would have to cut out too often). But I don't think the property or area is very comfortable without A/C any time near the summer.

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[–] greycloud 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

old SF trick for A/C if you have access to water. take a blanket and put it in a window or doorway where the wind blows into the building in an area you are staying in, but the bottom of the blanket in some water or dig a hole about 3 feet deep and place the bottom of the blanket in that and the top hanging up in the area the wind blows. water from the ground or from a container will seep up the blanket, and as the wind blows it and dries it out, it will reduce the temperature.

won't be a whole lot, but it cools down a little bit, and adds humidity to an arid environment. anyhow hope this info helps you out.